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FAMILY MOVIE GUIDE

Films rated G, PG or PG-13 are included in this listing, along with R-rated films that may have entertainment or educational value for older children with parental guidance. Only those films reviewed by Times critics have a letter grade.

Suitable for families

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG) - Talking animals are a can't-miss proposition for children. Mildly rude humor won't bother parents.

City of Ember D(PG) - Nothing offensive in this adaptation of Jeanne DuPrau's novel, just mild peril for children attempting to save an underground city.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (G) - Disney's carefree cash cows sing and dance their way onto the big screen. Nothing offensive, unless you're a Metallica fan.

Suitable for families, with reservations

An American Carol (PG-13) - A liberal documentary filmmaker learns about the conservative meaning of patriotism through the ghosts of U.S. heroes. Rude, irreverent comedy, profanity and brief drug content.

Eagle Eye (PG-13) - Shia LaBeouf's popularity among teenagers will make this a hit. Parents should be aware of the film's intense action violence and occasional profanity.

The Express C' (PG) - The life of Ernie Davis - the first African-American Heisman Trophy winner - is inspiring, although children should research to correct the movie's inaccuracies. Mild language and sports violence, mature themes of racism.

The Secret Life of Bees A-(PG-13) - Mature themes of racism in the Deep South during the 1960s are carefully handled, along with an abusive parent subplot and the accidental death of another. Solid lessons in civil rights and sisterhood abound. Brief language.

Not suitable

Flash of Genius C(PG-13) - Not much interest among children for a movie about the origins of intermittent windshield wipers in the 1960s. Brief strong profanity.

Ghost Town C (PG-13) - Strong language, sexual humor and drug references make this bland romantic comedy unsuitable.

Lakeview Terrace B-(PG-13) - A rogue cop (Samuel L. Jackson) threatens his new neighbors. Violence, sexuality, drug references and profanity make this adults-only entertainment.

Max Payne (PG-13) - Thirteen minutes of violent footage were excised to obtain the MPAA rating, which still notes the movie's "intense shooting sequences, drug content, some sexuality and brief strong language."

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist(PG-13) - The MPAA rating for this youth market comedy is due to "mature thematic material including teen drinking, sexuality, language and crude behavior."

Nights in Rodanthe D'(PG-13) - Children won't find much entertainment in a sensual love story starring middle-aged Richard Gere and Diane Lane.

Traitor B' (PG-13) - A government agent may be a terrorist in a thriller with intense violence, mature themes and profanity.

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys(PG-13) - Another family-focused dramedy from Perry, with mature themes of infidelity, sexual references and brief violence.

W. C(PG-13) - Oliver Stone's biography of President George W. Bush shouldn't be considered unbiased history. The MPAA rating is due to "language, including sexual references, some alcohol abuse, smoking and brief disturbing war images."

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